What You Should Know

What you should know about the fastest growing method of abortion.

So I went to the abortion clinic by myself. I was already really emotional leading up to that moment. I just wanted to get in and out and get it over with. They gave me the pill and I took the pill and immediately just felt the heaviest regret. And like, it was something I had just totally messed up. I wanted to go outside and throw up.” – Hannah’s story – Abortion Pill Reversal Client

Here are some facts you might find helpful about the abortion pill (also known as chemical abortion, medical abortion or RU-486).

First, don’t be confused with the Morning After Pill with brands such as Plan B One-Step, Take Action, My Way, etc. The Morning After Pill is an emergency contraception that could prevent a pregnancy after unprotected sex. It can be purchased over the counter by any age person at most pharmacies.

The abortion pill is actually a series of two drugs approved by the FDA for use in women up to 70 days (10 weeks) after their last menstrual period. The FDA-approved procedure requires a single medical office visit where the woman is given mifepristone to swallow. Twenty-four to forty-eight hours later misoprostol tablets are taken; typically in the woman’s home. Depending on the provider, she may return to the clinic to take them. These tablets are placed inside the cheeks to absorb. This drug causes cramping that expels the embryo or fetus. Cramping may be severe, and bleeding usually lasts one to two weeks. It is possible that she could see identifiable parts expelled if she is beyond 8 weeks.

The use of the abortion pill accounts for more than 39% of all abortions in the United States.* Although the FDA has approved use up to 10 weeks of gestation, there are abortion providers prescribing the medication up to 11 weeks of gestation. In Colorado, 55% of all abortions happen through the abortion pill.**

The abortion advancement movement is promoting the use of the abortion pill for at-home, self-managed abortions. We have recently learned that Webcam abortions (telehealth) are being offered from abortion providers for ease of access, with the pills being mailed directly to the patient’s home for their “self-managed” abortion, without an office visit. ***

Normalizing the ease of pregnancy termination through the abortion pill can have health consequences for women. Alternatives stands with American Association of Prolife OB/GYNs in their concern over the safety of at-home abortions due to the following serious risks:

  • Adverse psychological affects
  • Incomplete abortion
  • Hemorrhage
  • Infection

Alternatives is part of a growing number of medical providers offering the natural hormonal abortion pill reversal process which is literally saving the lives of both mother and baby. For those who have taken the first pill and changed their mind, there is a narrow window of time for the effects of the medication to possibly be reversed. By contacting Alternatives, we can provide progesterone therapy, weekly ultrasounds and emotional and mental health counseling to care for her and her unborn baby. To learn more about this life-saving process, click here.

Watch Hannah’s full story of her abortion pill reversal process.

*Jones RK, Witwer E and Jerman J, Abortion Incidence and Service Availability in the United States, 2017, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2019, https://www.guttmacher.org/report/abortion-incidence-service-availabilit….

**Charlotte Lozier Institute/Colorado Reporting

*** https://gynuity.org/resources/telemedicine-abortion-service-in-the-u.s & https://www.plannedparenthood.org/get-care/get-care-online